We live in a world of changes. A move to another house is a shift in our physical home and neighborhood. Whereas, a move to another country is a shift in more than just physical home and neighborhood. It’s a shift in language, cultural behavior, currency, time zone, cuisine, modern development, environmental landscape, etc. To adapt to this large-scale change, we change ourselves to a certain extent.
After moving from South Korea to China, the changes were rather substantial to me. From a somewhat polluted city to another with concentrated pollution; from a tight-knit learning community to a large, distanced campus; from “legally” worshipping Christ to “illegally” worshipping Him in house churches. And that’s just a move within East Asia. Imagine the changes when I moved from Singapore to the Czech Republic. Indeed, the differences significantly contrasted Asian cultures in general.
As you already know, even countries themselves change. I was shocked at the speed of change in modern developments and trends during my visits back to S. Korea and repatriation to Singapore.
Because our lives are constantly filled with changes, we may start to focus on our surroundings if we’re not careful. Especially when situations go against us. Perhaps, a friend’s attitude turns sour towards us, or a family member didn’t live up to our expectations. In response, we may blame people, worry and become angry over small things, even things of other people, lose patience, and attempt to control each detail.
Changes occur all the time that it shouldn’t shock us. However, in the midst of changes, we have the One Who never changes.
“For I am the LORD, I change not … ”
Malachi 3:6a KJV
God is immutable. What is the meaning of the word immutable? Cambridge Dictionary defines it as, “not changing, or unable to be changed” (2020). Hence, God is not changing, or unable to be changed. His character remains the same for eternity.
Each day, I write His characteristics in my diary while I read the Bible. A few of them are Redeemer and Shield. Thus, He is always a Redeemer and a Shield. I could go on with more attributes. Thus, God is always Love. Thus, He is always Gracious and Merciful. Thus, He is always Faithful. And thus, He is always Holy and Righteous.
Since He is the same, His Word never changes. This means, the Truth, Gospel, His promises, prophecies, and plans are set in an everlasting stone.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
Matthew 24:35 KJV
For instance, He promises, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9). And this precious promise, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
Another example, a personal promise this time. God promised me a career after my family moved to the Czech Republic. We moved and I applied for jobs, but I couldn’t get one because I’m a non-European citizen. Remember, His promise doesn’t change. As I waited for a potential employer to willingly process my work pass, God nudged me to write a short story. After its completion, I found that writing was the career. It became more than just a career because I was writing for Him and His glory. His promise remains the same. He didn’t retract it nor change.
Why do we often take our eyes off Christ? Why do we focus on this crazy changing world when we have an unchanging God? Aren’t we thankful that we can continue to trust God, the One Who never changes?
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
Hebrews 13:8 KJV
Very Sincerely Yours,
Clarissa Choo-Choo Train
P.S. I recommend listening to this sermon that explains God’s immutability on a deeper level.
P.P.S. Is there anything that I can pray for you?
Immutable. 2020. In Dictionary.Cambridge.org. Retrieved September 5, 2020, from https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/immutable